After the accident involving Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen on the first lap of the Silverstone GP, the Briton received a 10-second penalty that he had to serve at the pit stop and still won the Grand Prix. Red Bull was not satisfied with the punishment imposed by the stewards, as the damage caused to car # 33 was greater than the punishment.
Michael Masi, F1 Race Director, explained why damages were not taken into account when analyzing an accident: “I think that one of the great parts that has been a pillar for many, many years, is that, and this occurred through discussions before of my time, between all the teams, the FIA and F1, and the team directors were quite adamant that they should not consider the consequences of an incident. “
“So when they are judging incidents they are judging the incident itself. And the merits of the incident, not what happens afterwards as a consequence, ”says Masi.
The Race Director believes that an accident could not be analyzed by its consequences, so the stewards only look at the incident itself. “And that has been something the stewards have done for many years. And they’ve been advised to do it from the top down, and I’m talking about team participation. So that’s the way the stewards judge it because if you start to take the consequences into account, there are so many variables, rather than judging the incident itself on its merits, “said the Australian.
On the fact that in Red Bull they do not believe that the penalty has been enough, Masi assured: “I think that if you look at it on that basis, you will never find a penalty that solves an imbalance like that”, and has added: In that particular circumstance, so, going back a few years, the teams made a very clear distinction that they did not want the consequences taken into account. They wanted it based on the incident itself. So I fully understand your perspective. And I think that is a general opinion in all administrators not to look at the consequences for that exact purpose ”, he concludes.